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Summerfeast is a dinner to raise money for MarketShare, a nonprofit that empowers "diverse communities to create public markets that fuel food entrepreneurship." In Seattle, this means they want to convert a portion of King Street Station into a bunch of food stalls, all of which would be operated by low-income immigrants or refugees. In addition to giving Pioneer Square a new place for lunch, the bazaar would be "a low-barrier food business start-up model for immigrant and refugee cooks revitalizing culinary careers left behind in native countries." That low-barrier part is super crucial! Income inequality persists in part because of the incredibly high bar that's set for people to participate in the capitalist system as owners, even small-time ones. MarketShare also offers all sorts of other crucial business coaching services, which is great because launching a small business is daunting enough without also being a recent immigrant who is trying to figure out the absolute madhouse that is America. There will be a cocktail hour with appetizers by local immigrant-run restaurants, and Tamara Murphy of Terra Plata, whose food you already love, is furnishing tonight's dinner, so it's pretty much the biggest win-win ever. You spend $75, you eat food from one of Seattle's culinary titans, and you raise money to help the next one get their start. It's a no-brainer.
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